Coleman Fellows

The Coleman work that I began in the classroom starting with the fall of 2011 has continued along a smooth trajectory as we head towards the end of the school year.  I chose to insert the entrepreneurial work into a liberal arts and studies course that draws students from many different departments and schools within the University.

The theme of this learning block was that a thorough understanding of ones culture and ones own creative potential can lead to successful entrepreneurship as a way of life and livelihood.   The material that I inserted into the course included lecture presentation, class discussion, readings, research and the development of individual plans to concretely enhance creative thinking. Students also each produced an artwork that was assessed for content, understanding, and unique creative thinking. 

The coursework that I initiated in the fall was met with appreciation by the students, and became the foundation of the kind of work that I continued into the winter and spring quarters.  I continued to be pleased with the response from students who were gratified to realize that they can look forward to achieving their goals of successful careers and at the same derive personal satisfaction from tapping into and developing their creative resources.  It was helpful to uncover evidence that creative thought and energy improved the success rate of all businesses.  It was also very helpful for students to enumerate all the different aspects of business that can benefit from creative thought.

We began each quarter with an in-depth look at culture and creative thinking as the engines that drive not only creative enterprise but also any economic endeavor.  We considered the varied natures of creativity and how creative skills are nurtured and developed in any individual.  We also investigated how creative impulses work to steer all cultures.  The diverse aspects of culture were examined and revealed as having either a personal or a social intention, or a combination of both.  Students came to realize that creative thinking and cultural intention were inherent in not only pure art, but also in successful art businesses and indeed all successful businesses.

This learning block has proven substantial enough to be included in future course work.  For the future I am looking into the viability of providing extra credit for attendance at the SEA conference, and for means of promoting a greater departmental attendance to the conference.